Rejection Of Violence And Hate Must Extend To Action To Save Malaysia From Religious Extremists And Racists Who Are Willing To Bully, Threaten Or Even Bribe To Eliminate Diversity And Moderation In Malaysia.(e/c)

2015 Wesak Day Message By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 3.5.2015

As we celebrate this year’s Wesak Day celebrations, it is timely to note the theme adopted by the Malaysian Buddhist Association is “Unite People Harmoniously; Uphold Country, People and Buddhism”. The characteristic Buddhist rejection of violence and hate must extend to action to save Malaysia from religious extremists and racists who are willing to bully, threaten or even bribe to eliminate diversity and moderation in Malaysia.

Malaysians were recently shocked by the barbaric action of religious extremists, led by local Selangor UMNO leaders and the brother of the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, in forcing a church to take down its cross.

What is even more shocking is that this irresponsible and uncivilized act escaped unpunished. Before that, Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali escaped unpunished for asking for the Malay Bible to be burned, which was even justified by a BN and UMNO Minister. This follows a series of provocative acts by religious extremists against non-Muslims by misusing the good name of Islam.

At the same time, there are racists from both MCA and UMNO who preach the language of hate, exclusion and even violence. UMNO Ministers have blamed Chinese for everything that is wrong with the economy even though everyone knows that their failed economic policies, mismanagement and financial scandals such as the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal and most importantly, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is the cause of rising prices.

On the other hand, MCA Wanita chief Heng Seai Kie has told the Chinese in the country not to oppose the GST as the system will see the Malays paying more. This is ridiculous and irresponsible as GST affects all Malaysians regardless of race and religion.

Such reckless games by racists and religious extremists are dangerous to nation-building, stability and national unity as it creates suspicion instead of understanding, recriminations instead of respect and tension instead of harmony. For this reason, Buddhists must actively pursue action that not only promote peace and harmony but also co-operate with all parties to reinforce diversity and moderation against these religious extremists and racists.

—–Mandarin —

民主行动党秘书长林冠英于2015年5月3日发表2015年卫塞节献词:
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向暴力与憎恨说“不!”应落实在行为层面之上,以拯救马来西亚于宗教与种族极端主义者的霸凌、恐吓及收编,让国内的多元性及中庸得以长存。
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当我们在欢庆今年的卫塞节庆典时,必须谨记马佛总倡议的主题“团结全民建和合,护国护民护佛教”,并把佛教徒向暴力与憎恨说“不!”的精神,落实在行为层面之上,以拯救马来西亚于宗教与种族极端主义者的霸凌、恐吓及收编,让国内的多元性及中庸得以长存。

马来西亚人对于近日雪州巫统地方领袖以及总警长丹斯里卡立兄长等,以宗教极端主义的姿态蛮横要求教堂拿下十字架的行为感到万分吃惊,但,更离谱的是,这些 不负责任及不文明的举止,却没有受到任何对付。在此之前,土权组织的主席伊布拉欣阿里扬言焚烧马来圣经已丝毫未损,甚至还获得国阵及巫统的部长撑腰。凡此种种的挑衅,皆滥用伊斯兰的美名,来霸凌非穆斯林。

与此同时,来自马华及巫统的一些种族主义分子,亦不断鼓吹憎恨、排他,甚至是暴力。巫统的部长凡是责怪华裔,即便是大家都知道是错误的经济政策导致经济低靡,他们还是把矛头指向华裔,故意不看这些决策者的失误、管理不当以及类似1MDB的金融丑闻,或是消费税等促成的大涨价。

另一边厢,马华妇女组领导王赛芝却告诉华裔不应该反消费税,因为这个新制度将促使巫裔同胞缴出更多的税。这是极为滑稽和不负责任的言论,事缘消费税最终影响的是全部马来西亚人,不管他/她来自什么族群及宗教。

这些种族及宗教主义极端份子不断轻率地玩火,危及了大马的国族建构、稳定及国家团结,因为他们制造的是猜疑,而不是互相了解;是反责,而非相互尊重;是紧张,而不是和谐。职是之故,佛教徒应该更积极的诉诸行动,在推广和平及和谐外,要与其他团体合作,确保国内的多元性及中庸长存,以对抗各种各样的宗教及种族极端份子。

林冠英

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